Cherie Heiberg and Nick Ring, Master’s students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Information and Library Science (SILS), have been awarded scholarships to attend the 20th anniversary National Conference on Managing Electronic Records (MER) in Chicago May 7th - 9th, which focuses on legal, technical and operational issues associated with managing electronic records.
The scholarships, funded by MER sponsors Cohasset Associates, are awarded each year to one or two students from a select set of library and information schools. The awards cover the cost of the conference registration fee, several meals and receptions. In return, scholarship winners arrive at MER a day early and help run the conference. This is the sixth year that Cohasset Associates awarded scholarships to two SILS students.
Heiberg and Ring received the awards after submitting essays discussing why they wanted to attend the MER conference, what they hoped to learn at the conference and how attending the event fit into their career goals.
"Through UNC SILS and the ESOPI-21 Fellowship, I've worked to craft solutions for managing electronic records," said Ring. "I look forward to the MER Conference as an opportunity to bring what I've learned to a global exchange at the cutting edge of the field."
"Being able to go to MER on this scholarship is an incredible opportunity," said Heiberg. "I'm extremely excited to be able to learn more about the field first hand from experts I wouldn't normally have the chance to encounter. As technology changes at a more and more rapid pace, the insights I will attain from MER will be vital for my future as a digital archivist. I can't wait!"
“I was able to attend MER when I was a Master’s student, and it was very influential on my views and understanding of the field,” said Dr. Cal Lee, associate professor at SILS. “MER provides a unique opportunity for students to be exposed to people and ideas that they won’t get in other venues. I’m very excited that we’re able to carry on this tradition at SILS."